Wisdom teeth will usually emerge between the ages of 17-24, often without much hassle. Sometimes, however, they may become impacted if there is not enough space for them to grow, necessitating their removal.
Inflammation and infection can occur if an impacted wisdom tooth is left unattended, causing you to experience swollen red gums, pain, stiffness and an overall sense of being unwell. It’s important to take immediate action if you notice any of these symptoms, as the damage caused by wisdom teeth can cause infections, complications, misaligned teeth and damage to adjacent teeth.
There is no reason to be intimidated by the process as it is always done under a form of anaesthesia. Usually, only local anaesthesia is required, which blocks the pain during the procedure while you stay awake.